New border entry rules from 22 July
Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment Order 2020
- changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for permits
- a border zone resident has been redefined.
People will have to reapply for a new permit to enter NSW from Victoria.
Find out more about NSW-Victorian border restrictions.
Record COVID-19 cases in Victoria will see the NSW Government further restrict entry to NSW from Victoria with the establishment of a strict new border zone, tightened permit conditions and stronger enforcement powers.
From midnight Tuesday 21 July a border zone, clearly defined along the Murray River, will restrict entry to NSW for Victorians to extremely limited purposes.
Under a border entry permit, NSW border residents will be restricted in their reasons for travelling into the Victorian side of the border zone. If they travel beyond the border zone into Victoria, they will be required to self-isolate upon return for 14 days.
Any other NSW resident who crosses the Murray River, or otherwise enters Victoria or has been there in the last 14 days, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to NSW.
All NSW residents are strongly urged not to travel to Victoria.
All currently issued permits and any issued between now and the commencement of the border zone will expire at the beginning of 22 July. People will have to reapply for a new permit if they remain eligible to.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, “From midnight Tuesday 21 July, border zone residents with a permit will only be able to cross into the other side of the NSW-Victorian border zone to go to work or attend an education institution if they can’t work or learn from home, or to obtain medical care, supplies or health services.
“On top of that, we’re strengthening the rules so the fewer people granted permits to enter NSW must now carry a copy of their permit and produce it when directed by enforcement officers.”
The new rules will be boosted to give authorities greater enforcement powers to stop people entering NSW and to direct people who are not NSW residents to leave if they present an unacceptable health risk.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people entering NSW from Victoria, in particular greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, pose a risk of increasing COVID-19 in NSW.
“The pandemic is not over and Victoria is seeing significant levels of community transmission in many areas of the State. Tightening restrictions on the borders will further protect the health of NSW citizens,” Dr Chant said.
The conditions imposed on permits under the order are being tightened. The revised order will:
- require COVID Safety Plans for people entering NSW for child access or care arrangements, and freight workers
- require other critical service workers to self-isolate when not providing their critical services
- require people attending boarding school or universities as either staff or students to self-isolate for 14 days and obtain a negative swab before attending school
- restrict entry for medical or hospital services to only be allowed where those services are not available in Victoria or cannot be accessed remotely
- prohibit seasonal workers coming from Victoria into NSW
- require any person who accompanies a person with a permit such as a dependent child to also comply with any conditions on the permit, including self-isolating.
If you’re eligible for a permit, you can apply for a new permit containing a QR code, from 4pm, 21 July. Permits issued up until this time, will expire at 11:59 pm on 21 July, except those issued under compassionate grounds, which will remain valid until the expiry date.